Ethicon, a part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, has launched a new product in its MEGADYNE MEGA SOFT portfolio of reusable patient return electrodes.

The new product, dubbed MEGADYNE MEGA SOFT Universal Plus Reusable Patient Return Electrode, is a lightweight pressure reduction pad, designed with more cushion to increase patient comfort and enhance pressure reduction.

Ethicon EMEA vice-president Said Haddad said: “We’re really proud to be launching the new MEGA SOFT Universal Plus in our Energy portfolio. This innovative device once again highlights our relentless aim to bring together science, people, technology and the ideas needed to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.

“The new MEGA SOFT Universal Plus enables us to contribute to enhancing patient protection and environmental sustainability. In addition, it allows us to offer medical professionals the best-in-class tools and improve the standard of care in electrosurgery, which is undoubtedly one the most widely used surgical technologies today.”

MEGA SOFT is an eco-friendly device and differs from traditional single-use electrodes

According to the company, up to 85% of all surgical procedures involve electrosurgery, in which a patient return electrode is being directly applied onto the patient’s skin. Electrosurgery may create injuries sometimes, at a rate of five cases per 1,000 operations.

The pad site burns are most adverse events related to electrosurgery, occurred when the pad is applied incorrectly and leaves unpleasant scars or more serious injuries in patients.

Ethicon said that its new MEGA SOFT Universal Plus is designed to eliminate this risk as it does not require direct contact with the patient. The pad is required to be placed on the operating table and covered with a sheet, and the patient is then positioned on top of it.

In addition, MEGA SOFT patient return electrodes are set to eliminate the need for skin preparation and can be used for any size patient, in a wide variety of electrosurgical procedures.

The pads, which are reusable for up to 24 months, are expected to reduce waste and are compatible with most major brands of isolated electrosurgical generators.